August 19, 2006

Pretend Progress

Filed under:News!,Secret Pal 8,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 17:52

Bah! I thought I’d been plowing ahead with my unpronouncible sock (aka Pomatomus)….

…see? But after picking up all my stitches for the rest of the foot, I have gone wrong with chart B. I am half way through it, at row 11 and I am six stitches short. I realise now that I have been leaving out the extra bit detailed on the chart for the left side – but at the time, there were no extra stitches to knit for the left side. So I am confused. I am too tired today to do anything with it. I know that it’s not wise to tackle any sort of lace problem in this state! But I have to show you the transition on the back of the leg from the lace pattern into the heel flap. It is really nice.

In other Granny Smith news, I have knitted too much on the left front before doing the armhole shaping so I will have to rip back and correct it. I haven’t had a chance to do that yet. So much I want to do, so little time!

I got the Autumn issue of Interweave Knits there during the week and I’m really enjoying reading it bit by bit in bed every night. I think knitting magazines should have more articles – like Spin Off! That is a really great magazine that I enjoyed reading when my SP sent it to me, even though I don’t have a clue about spinning. I like the intarsia sweater on the front cover very much but am rather reluctant to take on an intarsia project. It’s not intarsia knitting or anything, it’s more the knowledge that it probably won’t suit me the way it suits the model. There’s something pretty nerdy about intarsia sweaters and you really have to be the right person to pull it off. I’ll think about it!

I have been settling back today – put on a wash, tidied up my room, uploaded my photos to the computer, had a good sleep, messed up my knitting with tiredness :} I am freaking out about my practice because I have been so tired during the week that I’ve been finding it very difficult to get anything done. I just had a nap and I’m going to try and get two good hours done before the 9 o’clock news. That’s a goal!

Another goal I have got to get underway with is my final parcel for my Secret Pal. She’s been very poorly this summer – she had pneumonia of all things! I was hoping to pick up all sorts of goodies for her in Germany but came back with less than I’d hoped. However, the September issue of Simply Knitting came out here this week and it is really good, so I think I’ll parcel it up with Knitting which is out next week, and last month’s Sandra. I have that blue mohair that I bought in error – but I have just realised that I have sent her a different type of blue mohair in each parcel lol! Can you sense the obsession! Stay tuned for what I eventually come up with πŸ˜€

Here’s something for you to look at: Leigh Radford’s site. She’s the author of One Skein and frequent contributer to IK. Pretty things!


August 16, 2006

Ve haff arrivvved!

Filed under:News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 12:14

Berlin pictures coming soon! Check out my knitting progress below!

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August 9, 2006

Grüße aus Berlin!

Filed under:News!,Stash — Aileen @ 19:02

We have been having a great time! It was wet at the beginning of the week but since yesterday, it’s really begun to pick up. Speaking of yesterday, I hooked up with the fabuloso Glitzfrau! She met me off the U-bahn in a more normal, Turkish part of Berlin (since we’ve been doing museums and sites, what I’ve seen has been very commercial and englified) and she brought me to this great yarn shop that she lives just down the road from! Ah yes, it was wonderful. I loaded up mostly on sock yarn and German mags. Ever since breaking the code that is french patterns from Phildar, I feel most courageous about buying German mags – and not so bad about buying lots of them together because they’re! so! cheap! I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t even take photos. They had big bundles of roving, huge loops of wool that looked handspun that wasn’t balled up or anything, and lots of knitted items for sale too. This impressed me, because if you like handknit stuff but aren’t interested in knitting yourself, you can go in and get yourself some handknit socks, hats and lots of funny felted things (btw: place mats or frisbies?).

We had coffee then to calm down. It was funny to talk to someone else about wool and knitting. I was the only person I knew in realityland that was obsessed! Now it is no more and it feels funny in a good way!

Today, we went to Sachsenhausen (relatively small concentration camp north of Berlin) and did the tour in the searing midday sun. It is about an hour’s train ride so I got a good bit done on my Granny Smith. It’s chugging along nicely! I am dying to get started with some of my new sock yarn πŸ˜€ I think I might go for this unpronouncable pattern.

I am planning another YEB (yarn expedition in Berlin) before I go home. Not necessarily to buy more, just to look. They are really into their felting here and I am debating whether or not to invest in a felting needle and some roving.

By the way, I started drinking coffee for the first time in my life this week! I brought tea bags with me but I had no milk, and then when I bought milk (UHT yuck!), I realised I had no mug. Drinking tea out of your toothbrush glass is no fun. So, I tried a coffee and it got me through my caffeine-hangover, and I’ve been drinking it ever since. I suspect the Germans do very bad tea. We get tea at this little Turkish tabac at the end of the street and boy, is it ever strong! But very good with a pastery, legs crossed in the hot train station, waiting for the train to come.

PS there are no pigeons in Berlin.


August 3, 2006

We’re all going on a summer holiday…

Filed under:News!,Stash,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 12:27

… but without Cliff Richard! Alb and I are flying out really early tomorrow morning to Berlin so I don’t know if I’ll be able to update. I could possibly end up updating more than I have been recently πŸ˜‰

I haven’t been able to take photos, so let me describe to you a trip I took with my mum’s friend, Mary, to the Craft Basket in Cliffony, which is 12 miles north of Sligo town. I like yarn shops that update their stash regularly πŸ˜€ I came out with two balls of the new Sirdar Bliss, which is a Kid Mohair mix, in a really airy, creamy colour. Yum! I’m planning on knitting a big shawl-scarf thing to go with my winter coat, which is bright green. I also got two balls of Regia sock yarn in a nice light blue colour, and a ball of cherry-red Angora (well, angora mix). The ball of angora is mostly souvenier stash because I can’t think of anything that will take only 80m of wool. I’ll think about it. Maybe a hair band.

I haven’t been knitting socks, even though I really want to, because I have beef with DPNs. I can’t handle really pointy DPNs anymore. I always end up poking myself simultaneously in the legs, stomach and boobs. So I am holding off until I get a pair of 2.5mm addis in Berlin. Such a demonstration of restraint! Usually I would just cast on for the hell of it, but I am uncertain about DPNs on an aeroplane. I will probably stuff my knitting bag into my suitcase at the very last second. Anyway, we’ll see!

Apologies, yet again, for no photos. I am almost finished the back of my Granny Smith! I will post pictures of that when I get up to Dublin tonight, to at least partially make up for the lack of photos πŸ™‚ Cheers to all who commented and wished me well. I am much better! And fierce excited about going away! Horray for holiday knitting!